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05/04/2023 03:30 PM Senate STATE AFFAIRS

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               HB 141-ESTABLISHING DON YOUNG DAY                                                                            
3:33:28 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR KAWASAKI announced the consideration  of HOUSE BILL NO. 141                                                               
"An Act establishing June 9 of each year as Don Young Day."                                                                     
3:33:59 PM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE   CRAIG  JOHNSON,   District   10,  Alaska   State                                                               
Legislature, Juneau, Alaska, sponsor of  HB 141, stated that this                                                               
legislation establishes Don  Young Day in perpetuity.  He said it                                                               
seemed  appropriate to  honor this  man who  served his  state so                                                               
long on the date of his birth.                                                                                                  
3:35:12 PM                                                                                                                    
DENEEN TUCK,  Staff, Representative  Craig Johnson,  Alaska State                                                               
Legislature, Juneau, Alaska,  introduced HB 141 on  behalf of the                                                               
sponsor.  She  read the  following  prepared  testimony into  the                                                               
     Congressman Donald Edwin Young:                                                                                            
     Born  June   9,  1933,  in  Sutter   County,  Meridian,                                                                    
     California  to Russell  Lawhead "Cy"  Young and  Arlene                                                                    
     Young-Harris.   Congressman  Young  was  the second  of                                                                    
     three sons.                                                                                                                
     Congressman Young attended Yuba  College and earned his                                                                    
     associate degree in  education in 1952.  He  went on to                                                                    
     earn  his bachelor's  degree in  1958 from  Chico State                                                                    
     After a  stint in  the U.S.  Army, serving  in the  41                                                                     
     Battalion  from  1955  to 1957.    Although  raised  in                                                                    
     California at  the age of 26,  (1959) Congressman Young                                                                    
     moved to Alaska,                                                                                                           
     Over  the  first  few  years of  his  life  in  Alaska,                                                                    
     Congressman Young worked  in different careers, sailing                                                                    
     (River  Boat   Captain),  trapping,   construction  and                                                                    
     becoming  a  teacher.    While  living  in  Fort  Yukon                                                                    
     Congressman Young was elected Mayor in 1964.                                                                               
     After two years of  serving as Mayor, Congressman Young                                                                    
     ran  for the  Alaska  House  of Representatives  (1967-                                                                    
     1971)  and won  his seat.  He said  he "loved"  the job                                                                    
     before  he  "got  ambitious" and  ran  for  the  Alaska                                                                    
     Senate,  he served  in the  Alaska Senate  (1970-1973).                                                                    
     (Fun fact,  Rep. Edgmon, District 37  currently sits in                                                                    
     the seat Congressman Young sat  in while serving in the                                                                    
     Alaska  House of  Representatives and  Senator Kaufman,                                                                    
     District F  currently sits where Congressman  Young sat                                                                    
     while serving in the Alaska State Senate)                                                                                  
     Congressman   Young  first   ran  for   the  House   of                                                                    
     Representatives in  1972.  He ran  against Nick Begich,                                                                    
     who  disappeared  and  was presumed  dead  in  a  plane                                                                    
     crash, but  still won the  race. Congressman  Young had                                                                    
     to run to  fill his vacant seat in  a special election,                                                                    
     which he won in March  1973, and became our Congressman                                                                    
     in the  House of  Representatives.   He was  sworn into                                                                    
     the  United States  House of  Representatives on  March                                                                    
     14, 1973.   He credited  his victory to  his leadership                                                                    
     of the fight for the Trans-Alaskan Pipeline System.                                                                        
3:37:49 PM                                                                                                                    
     Two  hours after  being sworn  into  the United  States                                                                    
     House of  Representatives he found himself  leading the                                                                    
     historic battle  for the  approval of  the Trans-Alaska                                                                    
     Pipeline.  Often, Congressman Young  would cite this as                                                                    
     the single  most important  achievement in  his career.                                                                    
     He  stated that  "Next  to statehood  itself, the  most                                                                    
     historical  legislation  passed   that  affected  every                                                                    
     Alaskan then, now,  and in the future,  was the passage                                                                    
     of the pipeline legislation."                                                                                              
     That  same  year, his  colleagues  honored  him as  the                                                                    
     "Freshman Congressman of the Year."  He went on to gain                                                                    
     a  key  appointment on  the  then  Merchant Marine  and                                                                    
     Fisheries Committee  where he  pushed through  the 200-                                                                    
     mile  fishing   limit  critical  to   Alaska's  fishing                                                                    
     industry. He  fought against  federal control  of lands                                                                    
     and   resources  to   which  Alaskans   are  rightfully                                                                    
     entitled -  a battle he  continued with the  same vigor                                                                    
     until the time of his passing.                                                                                             
     In 1997, Congressman  Young passed by a 419  to 1 vote,                                                                    
     the  National Wildlife  Refuge System  Improvement Act,                                                                    
     which  sets guidelines  and  priority  uses within  our                                                                    
     nation's 550-plus wildlife refuges.                                                                                        
     In  2017, Congressman  Young  was  rated by  Georgetown                                                                    
     University's McCourt School on  Public Policy as one of                                                                    
     the most  bipartisan members of  Congress for the  115                                                                     
     and  116  Congresses.   In  December 2017,  Congressman                                                                    
     Young  became  Dean  of  the  House  (member  with  the                                                                    
     longest unbroken record of service).                                                                                       
     Starting the 116   Congress, Congressman  Young was the                                                                    
     longest serving House member.   Due to his (and Senator                                                                    
     Stevens')  long   tenure  in  the  House,   Alaska  was                                                                    
     considered to  have had clout in  national politics far                                                                    
     beyond  its small  population.   Congressman Young  was                                                                    
     often called "Alaska's third senator".                                                                                     
     Congressman  Young  was  also   the  most  senior  U.S.                                                                    
     Representative  and the  last  member who  had been  in                                                                    
     office  since the  1970s.   He  was the  second-highest                                                                    
     ranking  Republican   on  the  Natural   Resources  and                                                                    
     Transportation   Committee   and   the   Infrastructure                                                                    
     Congressman Young  was also  the only  licensed mariner                                                                    
     in Congress during his tenure.                                                                                             
     Congressman  Young proudly  served as  the "Congressman                                                                    
     for All Alaska" and loved  his role as the only Alaskan                                                                    
     Representative in  Congress. Renewed by  the challenges                                                                    
     and  goals  of the  117th  Congress  and his  committee                                                                    
     positions,  Congressman  Young  continued  to  champion                                                                    
     legislation and funding  for programs benefiting Alaska                                                                    
     and the nation. (In your  packet you should have a copy                                                                    
     of Congressman  Young's timeline  and accomplishments).                                                                    
     His  vision remained  the same  -  to provide  citizens                                                                    
     with the  opportunity for  a better  life not  just for                                                                    
     today, but also for tomorrow and the future.                                                                               
3:40:57 PM                                                                                                                    
     March  5,   2019,  (two  years  prior   to  his  death)                                                                    
     Congressman  Young  became   the  oldest  and  longest-                                                                    
     tenured  member  of  Congress and  the  longest-serving                                                                    
     Republican  in  Congressional  history.    He  remained                                                                    
     Alaska's sole Congressman and  was re-elected 24 times.                                                                    
     He was in his 25 term and 49 year in Congress.                                                                             
     In April 2022, the House  passed two bills sponsored by                                                                    
     the  late  Congressman Young.    The  bills dubbed  the                                                                    
     Alaska Salmon  Research Task  Force Act  (introduced in                                                                    
     December  2021) and  Congressman Young's  Alaska Native                                                                    
     Health Care  Land Transfers Act (introduced  in January                                                                    
     2022)  both passed  by voice vote.   Rep. Raul Grijalva                                                                    
     (D-Ariz) on the House floor  said the legislation is "a                                                                    
     perfect example  of how Young  fought for what  is best                                                                    
     for Alaska."   He also stated that "I  believe the bill                                                                    
     is  a  fitting tribute  to  our  departed friend.    It                                                                    
     elevates  Alaskan voices,  especially Native  Alaskans,                                                                    
     and it brings stakeholders  together to build consensus                                                                    
     and find  a practical  solution to this  pressing issue                                                                    
     in our 49 state."                                                                                                          
     Rep. Cliff Bentz (R-Ore)  stated that Congressman Young                                                                    
     was discussing the need for  the bill the day before he                                                                    
     died.   He  went on  to state  that he  thought it  was                                                                    
     "more  than  appropriate"  that   the  bill  was  being                                                                    
     renamed after the late congressman.                                                                                        
     Republican  Minority  leader  Kevin  McCarthy,  stated,                                                                    
     "There  is no  other person  in this  body that's  been                                                                    
     loved,  feared, and  respected as  much as  Congressman                                                                    
     He was  laid in  state in  the U.S.  Capitol's National                                                                    
     Statuary Hall  on March 29,  2022, before  his memorial                                                                    
     service.   He was  the 43   person  to have  this honor                                                                    
     since 1852.                                                                                                                
3:42:43 PM                                                                                                                    
     Since his death, the House  of Representatives passed a                                                                    
     bill  (with  no  opposition)  in  December  2021,  that                                                                    
     renamed   Mount   Cerberus,   an  active   volcano   on                                                                    
     Semisopochnoi   (pronounced  Semi-so-poch-noi)   Island                                                                    
     Mount Young. Mount Young stands  5,351 feet tall in the                                                                    
     Chilkat Mountain  Range on the boundary  of Glacier Bay                                                                    
     National  Monument.   U.S. Senator  Lisa Murkowski  and                                                                    
     U.S.  Senator   Dan  Sullivan  intentionally   chose  a                                                                    
     volcano,  stating   that  "As   we  were   looking  for                                                                    
     something that might be fitting,  we looked not only at                                                                    
     mountains, but we looked at  mountains that continue to                                                                    
     blow their  top to this  very day."   Congressman Young                                                                    
     has been  paid further homage; having  the measure also                                                                    
     renaming the federal building in  Fairbanks and the Job                                                                    
     Corps  Center  in  Palmer to  reflect  the  Congressman                                                                    
     Young name in his memory.                                                                                                  
     President  Joe Biden  made a  statement on  Congressman                                                                    
     Young's  passing, in  part stating  "There is  no doubt                                                                    
     that few legislators have left  a greater mark on their                                                                    
     state.    Congressman  Young's   legacy  lives  on  the                                                                    
     infrastructure  projects   he  delighted   in  steering                                                                    
     across Alaska.   In the  opportunities he  advanced for                                                                    
     his  constituents.  In  the  enhanced  protections  for                                                                    
     Native  tribes,   he  championed.    His   legacy  will                                                                    
     continue in the America he loved."                                                                                         
     Congressman Young told the New  York Times in 2020 when                                                                    
     asked  how long  he  planned to  serve, replying,  "God                                                                    
     will decide that, or the voters."                                                                                          
     Congressman Young  passed away  while on a  flight home                                                                    
     to Alaska on March 18, 2022.  He was 88 years old.                                                                         
3:44:22 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR KAWASAKI asked if there were questions for the sponsor.                                                                   
SENATOR  MERRICK  thanked the  sponsor,  stated  support for  the                                                               
bill, and declared  a conflict of interest because  Don Young was                                                               
a close family friend and she had served on his staff.                                                                          
3:45:01 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR KAWASAKI turned to invited testimony.                                                                                     
3:45:27 PM                                                                                                                    
ANNE   WALTON-YOUNG,   representing  self,   Anchorage,   Alaska,                                                               
testified by  invitation on HB 141.  She stated that she  was Don                                                               
Young's widow  and she  thought this  was a  lovely commemorative                                                               
honoring her  husband. She relayed that  she had no idea  how far                                                               
the  idea of  honoring her  husband could  or would  go. She  was                                                               
delighted to learn that June  9, her husband's birthday, had been                                                               
selected  to memorialize  him. She  spoke about  the overwhelming                                                               
and heartwarming expressions of support.                                                                                        
MS.  WALTON-YOUNG opined  that with  her  husband's passing,  the                                                               
state  of  Alaska lost  its  number  one lifetime  champion.  His                                                               
unparalleled  commitment and  love  for Alaska  defined him.  She                                                               
continued  that there  will never  be another  person who  can or                                                               
would give  as much as her  husband gave to the  state of Alaska.                                                               
She  said HB  141 has  her  complete backing  and she'll  happily                                                               
participate  in  and  attend  all  celebratory  events  that  are                                                               
possible. She  shared that  June 9 is  not only  her sweetheart's                                                               
birthday, it  is also  their wedding  anniversary. It  has always                                                               
been  and will  continue  to  be a  happy  day.  She thanked  the                                                               
sponsor and  the committee  for their  time and  consideration in                                                               
establishing June 9 as Don Young Day.                                                                                           
3:50:01 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR KAWASAKI  extended condolences  on behalf of  the committee                                                               
and spoke  of his fond  memories of Congressman Young.  He opined                                                               
that it was fitting to honor his legacy.                                                                                        
3:50:45 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR KAWASAKI asked the sponsor if he had further comments.                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE JOHNSON  referenced Senator Merrick's  comment and                                                               
opined that  if everyone who had  a conflict were to  declare it,                                                               
nobody would be able to vote.                                                                                                   
CHAIR KAWASAKI held HB 141 in committee.                                                                                        

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
HB141 Bill ver B.pdf SSTA 5/4/2023 3:30:00 PM
HB 141
HB141 Sponsor Statement.pdf SSTA 5/4/2023 3:30:00 PM
HB 141
HB141 Supporting Documents Don Young's Timeline and Accomplishments.pdf SSTA 5/4/2023 3:30:00 PM
HB 141
HB141 Supporting Documents photos.pdf SSTA 5/4/2023 3:30:00 PM
HB 141
HJR 3 Fiscal Note 2.20.2023.pdf SSTA 5/4/2023 3:30:00 PM
HJR 3 Sponsor statement.pdf SSTA 5/4/2023 3:30:00 PM
HJR 3 Supporting Document 5 reasons to support National Reciprocity.pdf SSTA 5/4/2023 3:30:00 PM
HJR 3 Supporting Document 117th Congress House Resolution 38.pdf SSTA 5/4/2023 3:30:00 PM
HJR 3 Supporting Document CCW Application 4.24.2023.pdf SSTA 5/4/2023 3:30:00 PM
HJR 3 Supporting Document DPS 4.24.2023.pdf SSTA 5/4/2023 3:30:00 PM
HJR 3 Supporting Document Need for Conceal and Carry Reciprocity.pdf SSTA 5/4/2023 3:30:00 PM
HJR 3C.PDF SSTA 5/4/2023 3:30:00 PM
HB23 Support letter.pdf SSTA 5/4/2023 3:30:00 PM
HB 23
HB0023-1-1-031723-GOV-N.PDF SSTA 5/4/2023 3:30:00 PM
HB 23
HB 23 Supporting Documents 2.23.22.pdf SSTA 5/4/2023 3:30:00 PM
HB 23
HB 23 Sponsor Statement 2.23.23.pdf SSTA 5/4/2023 3:30:00 PM
HB 23
HB 23 Sectional Analysis 2.23.23.pdf SSTA 5/4/2023 3:30:00 PM
HB 23
HB 23 No Fiscal Impacy 2.27.23.pdf SSTA 5/4/2023 3:30:00 PM
HB 23
HB 23 Letters of Support 2.23.22.pdf SSTA 5/4/2023 3:30:00 PM
HB 23
HB0023A 2.23.23.pdf SSTA 5/4/2023 3:30:00 PM
HB 23
HB026 ver B 05.03.23.pdf SSTA 5/4/2023 3:30:00 PM
HB 26
HB026 Sponsor Statement 05.03.23.pdf SSTA 5/4/2023 3:30:00 PM
HB 26
HB026 Summary of Changes 05.03.23.pdf SFIN 1/30/2024 1:30:00 PM
SSTA 5/4/2023 3:30:00 PM
HB 26
HB026 Sectional Analysis 05.03.23.pdf SSTA 5/4/2023 3:30:00 PM
HB 26
HB026 Letter of Support-Alaska Regional Coalition 04.27.23.pdf SSTA 5/4/2023 3:30:00 PM
HB 26
HB026 Additional Documents-ANLPAC 2022 Summary of Recommendations 05.03.23.pdf SSTA 5/4/2023 3:30:00 PM
HB 26
HB026 Additional Documents-Alaskas 23 Indigenous Languages 05.03.23.pdf SSTA 5/4/2023 3:30:00 PM
HB 26
HB0026-1-2-032223-CED-Y.PDF SSTA 5/4/2023 3:30:00 PM
HB 26